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Former medallists return to U23 World Champs in Myslowice

USA's Betsi Metter diving for the Mikasa
Myslowice, Poland, June 10, 2014 – The second edition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships in Myslowice will feature 36 teams per gender from all the five continents. Some of the 2013 medallists have returned to the Polish mining town to chase down another medal. 

Gold medallist and local favourite Bartosz Losiak is among them, but he won’t be playing with his long-time buddy Piotr Kantor because the latter has a serious injury. Losiak will now team up with Michal Bryl, a former youth world champion.

Last year’s bronze medallists Lorenz Petutschnig and Tobias Winter also arrived in Myslowice, as did Brazil’s 15-year old Eduarda Santos Lisboa. She will not be playing with Thais Rodrigues again, but with 21-year old Carolina Horta Maxima.

Last but not least Melissa Humana-Paredes and Taylor Pischke have returned. The Canadian team won bronze last year, but had to start in qualification this year because they missed the Canadian trials. They were one of four women’s teams to make it to the main draw on Tuesday.

Canada’s Humana-Paredes/Pischke: from podium to qualification in Myslowice

Last year’s bronze medallists Melissa Humana-Paredes and Taylor Pischke came in through the back door this time at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships.

The first seeded Canadian girls defeated USA’s Kelley Larsen and Betsi Metter 2-0 (21-11, 21-18) in qualification on Tuesday and moved up to main draw of the age-group event in Myslowice.
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Schümann and Stork back in business in Myslowice after a year of injury

Germany’s Lorenz Schümann and Dominik Stork made a strong comeback at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships in Myslowice after a year of injury and sickness.

The German team was seeded 15th out of 16 teams in the qualification tournament of the Polish age-group event on Tuesday. But by upsetting 2nd seeded Latvians Haralds/Armands (23-21, 16-21, 15-13) and 10th seeded Ukrainians Kravets/Denysenko (21-19, 21-13) they were one of the four teams advancing to main draw. Read more

The main draw at the U23 in Myslowice features 6 pools of 6 teams for each gender. The round robin matches are scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The top 4 of each pool qualifies for the single elimination phase. The semifinals and medal matches for both genders are scheduled for Sunday.

For Wednesday an amazing total of 72 matches are scheduled, beginning at 8:00. The number of courts has been increased to six.

For different reasons some of the main draw teams were not able to travel to Myslowice. So in addition to the four teams per gender that won the final qualification round on Tuesday, three women’s and five men’s qualification teams advanced as lucky losers. Those teams are: women’s: Babenka/Mileuskaya (BLR), Trans/Guldager (DEN), Dörfler/N.Strauss (AUT) and men’s Kandolf/Dressler (AUT), Saymon/Marcus (BRA), Overgaard/Abell (DEN), Kravets/Denysenko (UKR) and Haralds/Armands (LAT).

Last year Myslowice, a Silesian mining town located 70 km outside Krakow, hosted the inaugural U23 World Championships. The FIVB age-group calendar features three more world championships this year: the inaugural U17 in Mexico (July 15-20), the U21 in Cyprus (July 22-27) and the U19 in Portugal (July 29-August 3).

FIVB U23 Tournament Page

FIVB U23 Qualification Results Men

FIVB U23 Qualification Results Women

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